Migrant journey pathways and the link with health outcomes in the Limpopo region
Since 2000, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has been a key health care provider to displaced populations in the Limpopo Region, especially in the vicinity of the Beitbridge border post between South Africa and Zimbabwe. A comprehensive and contemporary view of migrants’ medical needs was lacking, however, and in 2019 a survey - The Limpopo Mobility Survey - was designed by the Brazil Medical Unit (BRAMU) of MSF, with the objective of providing reliable evidence on migrant journey pathways and how these journeys link with migrant health outcomes.
Specifically, the study team sought to highlight the gaps in medical care received by migrants, and to trace these to systemic exclusions on bureaucratic or other grounds.
Beginning in late 2019, MSF in partnership with the African Center for Migration Studies surveyed 1,375 people in Beitbridge (Zimbabwe) and Musina (South Africa), documenting the health challenges they faced.